You may have read that title and rolled your eyes, but it really is possible to organize your kid’s rooms. I’ll tell you how with a little planning and some great storage solutions.
I have to admit, I am not Olga Organization, but I do enjoy some good home organization inspo. Let’s crack a couple of La Croixs and bask in these tips and ideas for kid room organization.
How to Organize a Kid’s Room
Start With Toys
That may seem like a no-brainer, but the main thing that separates kid’s rooms from real people’s rooms is the massive amount of toys they accumulate.
It’s not that hard to figure out how to organize them. The real trick is getting your kids to put them back in their rightful spots after playing with them.
But that’s not my job, so good luck. Lol. My job here is to give you some tips on how to organize the storage of the items, and here goes:
Drawers are your friend: Sometimes I feel like every kid should have 2 dressers: 1 for clothes, and 1 for toys. In lieu of 2 dressers, you can opt for drawers in:
It’s amazing how much even a few extra drawers can help when it comes to organizing all those little toys and items.
Shelves with bins: There are a billion different variations on square open shelves to use with multi-colored bins, and for good reason. The bins hide the wee little toys away brilliantly, and they are easy to carry downstairs when it’s time to clean up the living room full of Minifigs to bring back upstairs.
Under bed bins: I’m not exactly sure how I feel about bins that go under the bed, since I am a big fan of empty bed nether regions, but I totally get it in the case of smaller bedrooms and the need for convenience.
You can store a nauseating amount of toys in those under-bed storage bins, and shove them right away lickety split.
The fact that they are so shallow but go on forever make them perfect for Legos or other items your kids want to be able to rifle through easily.
Hangy Closet Things: The canvas hanging shelf things that Velcro over your closet rod can Velcro over your kid’s closet rod and hold a myriad of stuffed animals. They squish in so nicely with the added benefit of being able to stare out at you.
Door Organizers: Similarly, pocket organizers that hang on doors can store a ton of medium to small toys and items. Once your kids outgrow toy storage, they can use them for storing brushes, electronics, school supplies, etc.
Closet Nooks: I am guilty of underusing the high closet shelves in my kids’ closets.
There is some good real estate up there. They key is to find some cute square bins or boxes to store items in, and label them! Otherwise you’ll have an avalanche of things piled on top of each other, or mystery boxes you can never remember the contents of.
Large Buckets or Baskets: We have 2 large plastic tubs with rope handles that are soooo easy to throw a bunch of toys into quickly, but I like these better- they’re taller and you can mix a few cute patterns.
Small boxes and buckets: These are a step up from the traditional plastic box, and still let your kids see what is inside. These are ESSENTIAL for organizing tiny toy sets.
Organize Their Clothes
Dressers: We’ve always used smaller boxes inside of drawers to separate socks and undies from the other clothes. We’ve also been big on tucking the dresser away inside of the closet. Some closets are wide enough to accommodate a dresser and still give you space on either side to hang clothes.
Alternatively, you can tuck a small drawer unit in the closet for socks and underwear if you need more hanging space.
Tuck a hamper into or as close to the closet as possible for easy access.
Take a good look at the closet to see if there is space there not being used:
- Is there wall space for hooks?
- A door that can hold a pocket hanger? (socks and underwear can always go in there!)
- Space up above for another shelf?
Seasonal Clothes: If you store these in their room, seasonal clothes can go in a bin under the bed, or in a box in the closet. You can also find some extra drawer space sometimes if you keep on top of weeding out the outgrown clothes.
Homework and School Supply Organization
Desks and shelves, baby. A desk with some drawers is worth its weight in gold and can hold extra pencils, pens, stickers, puzzle erasers, fidget spinners, gum, and other essential school items.
Pocket bins stuck nearby on the wall can be great storage for paper, folders, library books and extra school supplies if you’re short on drawer space.
Organizing Jewelry/Knick knacks/Wee Little Toys
You have a few options when storing little items in kid’s rooms. Jewelry can go in little drawers, hang on hooks, or jewelry boxes.
Little toys and knick knacks can pretty much do the same. Think about what can be tacked up on cork boards, put away in boxes, or organized in clear jars, tabletop trays, or small buckets.
Little containers look great in multiples. Stack some boxes next to each other, or line up cute little buckets on a shelf.
Here’s a fun video with some great kid room organizing tips. I love the labels on all the bins, and closet shelf dividers.
Remember, you’re still going to want to encourage your kids to play, explore, and be creative in their rooms, so make sure their toys are accessible when you’re organizing.
Label bins and boxes as much as possible, and keep favorite toys within reach of your kids.
You’ll still need to do the occasional weeding through toys and re-organizing, but figuring out places for everything in your kid’s bedrooms can be an amazing sanity saver. Plus you’re (in theory) teaching them to be a bit more organized and thoughtful with their belongings.